This morning, although overcast was undoubtedly the start to another beautiful day here at Camp Timberlake. The boys woke to the sound of a gentle rain pitter pattering outside their windows and a cool breeze silently creeping through the cabin. When the boys reluctantly ventured into the morning haze and sleepily stumbled their way down to the Big House, they found a camp favorite meal, Geometry breakfast! (For those who have never experienced the wonder of a “Geometry breakfast,” let me explain it to you really quick. It consists of biscuits,egg patties, hash browns, and sausage patties. All of these ingredients are combined into a breakfast sandwich and then enjoyed.)
Once all the Geometry had been consumed, Timberlake met on the back green for the morning yell and then went straight to Chapel given by the paintball counselor, Winston H, the camp director, John M and the cabin area director, Charlie R. Also The campers got a chance to enjoy another true story with Josiah S all about how everyone inherently sins but jesus is there to be our shepherd and savior.
Post Chapel, campers and staff went back to the cabins for cabin cleanup. Today Big Slaty once again had success and went home with another victory. However, the Little Slaty and GreyBeard had a different look in their eyes today both of those cabins were trying to close the gap between themselves and Big Slaty for the coveted golden plunger as well as the pizza party.
Soon, it was time for the morning’s activities, and Timberlake made their way out of the cabins. even though it was overcast and drizzling. There was no shortage of gifts and/or talents on display this morning, as Timberlake went full force in all of their activities. On the Traverse Wall, Climbing class made a lot of progress learning knots while Kayaking Swimming and Canoeing all had a free lake day to work on bars. In kayaking both Khari D. and Michael C. both mastered their roll and demonstrated numerous other skills that will be valuable if they take a river trip. Up on Spencer’s Green, Team sports played Ultimate Frisbee and soccer played an epic game of World cup. Almost too Soon, 11:30 rolled around, and with it, the conclusion of the morning’s activities.
Campers and staff once again made their way down to the dining hall and found themselves treated to another favorite meal, Taco in a Bag! The dining hall was nearly silent as everyone chowed down on their meals, replenishing their bodies for the events of the afternoon. As lunch began to draw to a close, the focus shifted from the meal to who won the previous evening’s evening activity. As the sultan of fun Brandon Chase sauntered up to the mike the anticipation grew. Each and every cabin was bouncing with anticipation. Brandon got up to the mike and announced that the winner of the evening activity was *plot twist* everyone!!!!! This was the only expected outcome because the evening activity was cabin night and in cabin night everyone is a winner.
After lunch came the best time, rest time, and once naps had been taken, Timberlake made their way to free time, where today, rockets were being launched on Spencer’s Green.Jim S launched a spare parts rocket and took another step toward earning his gold in rocketry today. Post rest time came free time and with free time came a break in the clouds and a plethora of activities for the boys to choose to participate in. They could do anything from thunderball to competing in Cameron S’s fencing tournament for his gold bar and as well as an elective mark. Further news during free time, Tommy B., Trey F., and Jesse C. shot multiple targets in Riflery in order to move one step closer to attaining a gold or silver bar. Once free time ended, Timberlake again went their separate ways to afternoon activities. On the lake, Henry B. got his silver in kayaking while up at paintball Jack E won a 1 v. 4 in airsoft. Throughout the day Lachlan W. earned 5 Bronze bars in Kayaking, Climbing, Riflery, Archery, and Backpacking.
Soon, dinner was upon us, and Timberlake once again met again at the dining hall for a delicious meal of Ravioli, garlic biscuits and seemed broccoli. It was a much needed energy boost for the rest of the night, which was soon to be announced. Dinner soon found itself reaching its end, and murmurs started spreading around the dining hall about the evening activity. Would it be Ninja Training? Juggernaut? Another round of the critically acclaimed new game, Mission Impossible? Despite all the guessing, no one really knew what the event would be and was left on the edge of their seat.It would be none of those, as we would soon find out, as Brandon C. announced that the evening activity would be Pirate Ball! It really is one of the best activities we play at camp, and it is sure to be a mega-hit.
All in all, it was a fantastic day at camp, both filled with old activities and new traditions. With only two full days left in the session, today will be a difficult day to top, but I’m sure we’ll find a way to make tomorrow better than today.
Big Piney counselor